Multiple LSATs?

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Re: Multiple LSATs?

Post by nixy » Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:06 pm

Why would you take it 6-7 times? Is your current plateau on the actual test, and how does it compare to your practice tests? If you're plateau-ing on practice tests, there's no reason to take the actual exam until you conquer the plateau - it's extremely unlikely that you'll do better on the real exam than you've been practice-testing. If your plateau is on the real test, and it's materially lower than your practice test scores, then maybe work on figuring out why you underperform on the day of, rather than just retaking and retaking.

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Re: Multiple LSATs?

Post by nixy » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:19 pm

I asked "why" because I guess I don't see much point in asking the question unless you're contemplating taking the exam 6-7 times. And I think there are in fact plenty of deluded people out there, when it comes to hopefulness and LSAT scores, but that may be unfair.

In any case, I don't think there are enough people who've taken it that many times to get a lot of helpful information here. Totally anecdotally, a lot of people who get into HYS (especially Y, maybe less so H, not sure about S) are the kind of people who've achieved at a top level their whole lives, so it seems statistically unlikely that many of them have taken the exam that many times before getting a score that would get them admitted. At Y in particular, because faculty play a big role in evaluating applications, they might look down on multiple takes in a way that adcomms at other schools might not (I've heard people say that most faculty at Y evaluating apps applied when you couldn't take the LSAT multiple times and so look down on the practice, but that's completely anecdotal and I can't verify it). In the end I would imagine it's going to depend a LOT on what else the applicant brings to the table.

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Re: Multiple LSATs?

Post by stem0192837 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:46 am

Gotcha. Yeah, honestly afraid to even take it once, so not relevant to me. But I’ve come across posts where people talk about retaking, and wondered what happens there. Eventually, I’ll have to go in. But when? Guess the uncertainty is driving me to extremes.

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Re: Multiple LSATs?

Post by stem0192837 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:41 am

If you have tips on calming test anxiety without having to take the real thing more than once, please share :? Meditation, breathing exercises, pretending to not care - would appreciate any additional advice.

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Re: Multiple LSATs?

Post by ZippidyZop » Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:31 pm

stem0192837 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:41 am
If you have tips on calming test anxiety without having to take the real thing more than once, please share :? Meditation, breathing exercises, pretending to not care - would appreciate any additional advice.
I made everything routine. When I took my PTs I woke up around the same time, had the same breakfast and tried my best not to deviate from that. It helped a bit so that when I took real test it felt like I was just taking another PT.

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